I had liked the author's book, Lucky, her memoir, and was impressed with her fiction, The Lovely Bones, for its unusual viewpoint and exploration of dark evils. I remember liking her raw style and honest reflections on her feelings. And with a story that starts with the protagonist admitting to killing her mother, I thought this book would be a good read. It falls far short because it blunts the normal reaction of horror and dismay at the character's actions an seeming to excuse them as a consequence of a dysfunctional family.
It's a strange story as the daughter, a mid-50's woman, tries to keep her mother's death a secret, then recruits her ex-husband to help tell their children and seduces her best friend's son. Not recommended.
Published: 2008 Read: October 2015 Genre: fiction
ISBN: 978 0 316 06736 2